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Venezuelan artists return compliments with exhibition
The exhibition Vision of Contemporary Venezuela Painting continues through Dec 15, completing an exchange that began last year when a group of Chinese artists presented their works in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Master artists Samuel ...

Tan Swie Hian is the most expensive living artist in S'pore
This took place at the 2012 Poly Autumn Auction's Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Evening Sale on Sunday. This puts Tan, a Cultural Medallion winner, as the first living Singaporean artist to hit above the million-dollar mark in an auction. Before ...

Cultural revolution: China's museum explosion
And although "private museums for contemporary art in China were only permitted about 10 years ago … since then private museums and galleries have dominated the display of experimental art", said Hou Hanru, a Paris-based museum expert who sits on ...

To Get Noticed, Chinese Artists Look to Internet
Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing, said such restrictions affected Chinese artists' freedom — and potentially their global reach. “Of course the Chinese social networking sites are subject to Chinese Internet ...

The Many Faces of Yue Minjun
Best known for his large-scale paintings depicting his own smiling face, Mr. Yue, who is based in Beijing, has long been a star of the Chinese contemporary art scene, having achieved commercial success through a highly singular aesthetic. He has had ...

Saatchi Gallery launches international show of Hong Kong contemporary art
A Chinese wash painting that looks like a GPS map and an enormous wooden tank with smoke coming out of the barrel are among the works that Hong Kong artists brought to London. An exhibition named Hong Kong Eye brought together some 30 ...

Gallery Walk returns Friday with extra festive flair
... landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series; work in the gallery Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; contemporary Chinese Art featuring Cai Xi's Wu Ji (Infinity Within) Painting Performance, creating 6- to 14-foot ...

A renaissance in the East
Entrepreneurship drives its economy; political experiments are conducted at all levels of government; artistic creativity has made the contemporary Chinese art scene one of the most vibrant in the world. Many problems exist, some are severe ...

From Renaissance to Renaissance
Entrepreneurship drives its economy; political experiments are conducted at all levels of government; artistic creativity has made the contemporary Chinese art scene one of the most vibrant in the world. Many problems exist, some are severe ...

Standard Bank Gallery to host Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa ...
Standard Bank Gallery to host Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa ...

Art+Auction's Power 2012 Recap: Week 1
Part 1 focused on “Auction Power,” and included Wang Yannan, Director and President of China Guardian, and Michael McGinnis, CEO and founding head of contemporary art at Phillips de Pury & Company. Part 2, “Power of Tradition,” cited people whose ...

Making Way: Contemporary Art from SA and China
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new ...

The art of being a museum director: Take a deep breath
A: The Ludwigs bought a lot of Chinese art - especially while Professor Ludwig lived. Their focus was on traditional Chinese art, which they gave on long-term loan to the East Asian Museum in Cologne. They started collecting Chinese contemporary art ...

Art cools off
Despite the market dip, some Chinese contemporary art continues to sell at strong prices. 2008 Beijing (2005), an oil painting by Lui Liu, sold for 19.6 million yuan. In 2010, China's fine arts annual revenue was a total of $3 billion, overtaking the ...

The Scene at Art Miami
Art Miami returned this year for its 23rd edition with about 125 exhibitors, ranging from the Christie's–owned Haunch of Venison to Soho's Eli Klein Fine Art, the Chinese contemporary art gallery that featured prominently on this year's Bravo ...

Art experts paint uncertain picture of Chinese market
Confidence in the Chinese contemporary art market has fallen sharply, according to an index compiled by ArtTactic. Take a 4 week Financial News trial today: Breaking industry news & commentary; 10 year searchable archive; FN Powerlists & Special ...

Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial opens in Queensland
'Change: Paths through 20 years of Film explores diverse video and filmmaking practices, which draw links between filmmaking and other forms of contemporary art; while Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation since the 1930s is a landmark retrospective ...

Zhouzhuang contemporary art exhibition opens
Flexibility as a Sublime Virtue, a contemporary art exhibition in Zhouzhuang, opened on Nov 12 in the Zhouzhuang Art Museum. The exhibition was hosted by Beijing Tianyi Gallery and co-hosted by Kunshan Culture Creation Park and Zhouzhuang Artist's ...

Singapore's Most Expensive Living Artist, Tan Swie Hian Sells for S$3.7-M
The sale took place at the 2012 Poly Autumn Auction's Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Evening Sale on Sunday,2 December, and places Tan, a Cultural Medallion recipient, in the record books as the 1st Singaporean artist to sell a piece above the ...

China treasure hunt
Bust 9 from his China, China series sold for $108,000 (IBP). Bust 8 fetched $104,000. Both are excellent results for contemporary art. The sculptures were originally acquired by ABN AMRO, which was taken over by a consortium including the Royal Bank of ...

Art13 London Showcases Contemporary Photography From Around The World
The first edition of the Fair will showcase 122 galleries from 30 countries across the globe, featuring modern and contemporary art from territories as diverse as China, India, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. A number of global galleries will bring ...

MONA seeks a Chinese partner
"We are doing our research, and we are being culturally appropriate to the Chinese market," she said. "There is some amazing contemporary art coming out of China. We may not find the same model but we're looking for similar brand qualities: exciting ...

En pointe to Canada
"Though ballet came from the West, Chinese choreographers have combined traditional Chinese culture and contemporary Chinese art ideas into our original ballets," says Feng. "That's why many Western performing companies invite Chinese dance troupes ...

Tourism to gain in China links
Ms Gould said the first job was identifying a Chinese "sister" museum, although there was "nothing like MONA". "Having said that, the contemporary art scene [in China] is extraordinarily exciting." The exchange would offer local artists entry into ...

India Debuts Kochi-Muziris Biennale
As far back as 2,000 years ago, Muziris was a crucial hub in trade between the Arab countries, Greece, India, and China. It was thought that the cultural potential of linking Kerala's ancient heritage with a contemporary-art megashow such as the Kochi ...

Beijing Bans Warhol's Mao Portraits from China Exhibition
“This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art.” A person familiar with the show, who asked not to be named because of the political sensitivity of the issue, confirmed the Mao works had been rejected by the ...

Beijing says no to Mao on Warhol's mainland tour
"This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art." A Shanghai official familiar with the show who asked not to be named because of the political sensitivity of the issue confirmed the Mao works had been rejected ...

Andy Warhol Mao Paintings Exhibition Censored By Chinese Authorities
“This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art.” Warhol began his series of Mao paintings after his agent, Bruno Bischofberger, suggested he paint the twentieth century's most important individual. Bischofberger ...

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits banned from China exhibition
"This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art." Warhol, a monumentally overrated artist who bears ultimate responsibility for the glut of terrible "Pop Art" photos which constantly plague social media, created ...

Works from the Centre Pompidou travel to Shanghai
One month after the China Art Palace (formerly the China Pavillion and New Museum of Art in Shanghai) debuted with its exhibition of French masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, the Power Station of Art, museum of contemporary art in Shanghai, hosts ...

Art crosses language barrier
Croucher has been an artist for 27 years and also tutors in painting and sculpture at Wintec, while Xu Ze, a prominent Chinese artist, tutors at the School of Fine Arts at Chengdu University. This exhibition is being held during the 40th anniversary of ...

Iconic Hurricane Sandy Photo to MoMA, Jeff Koons Designs Wine Label, and More
"This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art." [Bloomberg]. – Art Teacher Finds Pre-Raphaelite Canvas in the Attic: While cleaning her attic, British art teacher Jane Cordery stumbled upon a battered old ...

China's Largest Private Art Museum Opens In Shanghai
Located on Luoshan Road in the Pudong New Area, the sprawling 10,000 square meter museum is currently China's largest private museum in size and scope, housing a wide-ranging collection of blue-chip Chinese contemporary art on the ground floor, ...

Warhol's Mao paintings censored in China
“This is disappointing because [Warhol's] imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art,” he laments. Ai Weiwei has called Warhol one of his heroes, and artists like Yue Minjun lift directly from Pop's signature manic pitch and flattening of ...

Warhol's China woes
"They said the Maos won't work," Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner says in Hong Kong. "This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art," he adds, refusing to use the word "censored". Digital Pass $1 for ...

Yue Minjun Brings His Smile-Screams to the Fondation Cartier, Paris
'In my art career, I never expected that Chinese Contemporary art would become so popular in the West. Chinese artists are always trying their best to express their sincere feelings in art, or we can say they are genuine to art, which is rarely seen ...

Culture net cast wider
Its income is generated mainly through advertisers, which currently include Russian auction house MacDougall Auctions and Lab-Yit, an Italian contemporary art platform based in China. "We have Chinese and international brands advertising on our sites, ...

Christie's Tests China's Appetite for Renaissance Art
With Asian collectors focusing primarily on Chinese classical art, as well as some Impressionist, modern and contemporary art, it is unclear if those art patrons will also develop an appetite for Botticelli, Raphael and other Renaissance brand names ...

Finding soul in Surin
The pieces Mr Smulder sells – contemporary Chinese art and Western works from the 19th and 20th centuries – has remained the same of late, but trading online has enlarged his clientèle base. “Many of my clients are from Ecuador and Hungary, and of ...

Clash of cultures
It wouldn't matter so much if this year's APT had a really stunning selection of works from China, which still produces the world's most exciting contemporary art. The major Chinese inclusion is Ressort 2012, an imposing aluminium snake skeleton by ...

Art exhibition listings
Combined these bio-works are meant to riff off Classics of Mountains and Seas (山海經), an ancient Chinese volume of whimsical stories and otherworldly beings. □ Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北 ...

2012 Year in Review
“Explore Asia” was a section in which museums such as China's Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art and Mori Art Museum could show their commercial sides by selling limited edition prints and licensed merchandise. Also in the world of art fairs, Tokyo ...

Sydney: Summer show and tell done well
Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, White Rabbit owes much to Judith's love of contemporary Chinese art from 2000. There is no state or federal funding and the plethora of sponsor's logos that have crept on to gallery walls of late is missing here ...

Contemporary Art from SA and China exhibition in Joburg
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, is the title of an exhibition that explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with ...

Artists Arise
Chinese contemporary art has developed for decades and young artists born in the 1970s and 1980s have gradually entered into the public's consciousness: some have even begun to accumulate fame. But when talking about contemporary artists in China, ...

Warhol's Mao Portraits Banned From a Show in China
“My argument was that in contemporary Chinese art today, using imagery of Mao is very common practice,” Mr. Shiner said. “But that did not sway or change the opinion.” Mr. Shiner helped organize “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal,” an exhibition of more ...

Chinese rising artits concern with details of life
Chinese contemporary art has developed for decades and young artists born in the 1970s and 1980s have gradually entered into the public's consciousness: some have even begun to accumulate fame. But when talking about contemporary artists in China, ...

Chapter of Change
One of the portraits, featuring Chen Shizeng, another big name in Chinese contemporary art history, raised the topic of how Chen and Li, who held differing academic positions, remained close friends. Significant implications. Cao told the Global Times ...

Museum restaurants worth your palate
The Museum Café, for example, in San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art, is as charming as any café in Europe, and Café Sabarsky in New York's Neue Galerie has become a destination in its own right as the city's best Austrian restaurant. Whether these ...

KC art in 2012: Sights to remember
The Nelson's Chinese painting galleries racked up a winner with “Faces From China's Past: Paintings for Entertainment & Remembrance,” an exhibit of charming portraits of everyday people by mostly unknown artists, while the photography department's ...



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